Police battle citizens as subsidy protests spread

For the second day running, Nigerians opposed to the removal of subsidy on petrol took to the streets across the country, meeting with mixed ‘reception’ in the hands of security agencies. While the protests were peaceful in the main, a man in his mid-20s was killed yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State, where protesters put up bonfires on several roads in the state capital, chanting anti-deregulation slogans. However, the protest turned violent at the Post Office junction about 10:30 a.m. when the protesters were tear-gassed by armed security agents, causing pandemonium and forcing businesses to close up for the day. It was also gathered that there were sporadic shootings by the law enforcement agents, who came to the scene apparently to discourage the protesters from going towards the Government House Area, along Ahmadu Bello Way, Ilorin. A stray bullet allegedly hit one of the protesters on the chest. Kwara Police Public Relations Officer, Dabo Ezekiel, however, claimed that the dead man was hit by the protesters for refusing to join in the protest.



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